Problems with iReboot 1.1.1

#1
For many years I have used boot managers (originally Bootmagic, now OSL2000) to choose and run OS's in three primary partitions, very successfully.

I saw an article about iReboot in a magazine and it looks to be a useful product.

I downloaded and installed it to an Xp partition on my machine. I rebooted and ran iReboot - result - NO Operating systems listed in the Tray pop-up.

I uninstalled OSL2000, rebooted the machine (now with no boot menu) - it defaults to the last active primary - Xp with iReboot installed. However the result is the same - still no OS's listed in the Tray pop-up.

Any suggestions please?

Nedwob
 

Terry60

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#2
Quote from the original documentation

iReboot interfaces with the Vista BCD (so the Vista bootloader is a requirement) and sets the operating system your PC will boot into the next time you restart.
 
#3
Re Xp, Vista and iReboot

Thanks - the PC in question only had Xp on the three primary partitions - MUST Vista be present, or will Windows 7 be OK?

Nedwob
 

Terry60

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#4
Yes, when that was written W7 didn't exist.
It uses the same bootloader, so now we'd write "Vista/7 bootloader".
 
#5
Can't boot to any partition

I intend to install Windows XP on my Vista pre-install notebook. After preparing a 5 GB partition using Vista's disk management tool, I reboot with my Windows XP installation CD. All drivers loads fine until the moment before the XP installation starts. This message http://www.crimeagainstwomen.info/Pic1.JPG keeps coming up even after trying many times.

Then I install EasyBCD to my Vista OS triyng to find a way to solve the above problem but in vain.
Thinking that iReboot might help, I install it in my Vista OS, and select to boot from the 5 GB partition above. Nightmare starts because the 5 GB partition contains no bootable files. This message http://www.crimeagainstwomen.info/pic2.JPG pops up and I can't even boot to my Windows Vista OS.

Kindly please help!


Thank you.
 

Terry60

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Windows XP Professional SP3. A copy of this XP SP3 was installed as guest OS in my Vista Home Basic OS using Oracle's VirtualBox, and no problem in accessing the host partition.

Thanks for the 2 links, I need some time to digest it first.
Cheers!
 
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Mak 2.0

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#8
iReboot isnt going to help you in this matter. iReboot is only a quick restart method used to go from 1 OS to another when the dual boot is setup properly. The error message you are getting is Inaccessible Boot Device when trying to install XP.

Bug Check 0x7B: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE

Now the trick comes in is trying to figure out why. The only thing i can think of is trying to switch from ACHI to IDE mode and see if XP allows you to install.
 
#9
1. I manage to solve the Vista bootloader problem using the Vista_Recovery_Disc.iso as mentioned in http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ . Downloading from the torrent link is horribly slow and there is a similar file from mediafire. http://www.mediafire.com/?zzzmyi0mmzr (126,310,400 bytes; exactly same size). In my case, it only takes Step One as mentioned in the link.

2. As for the blue screen, I change AHCI to IDE in the BIOS, XP allows me to proceed in the installation. But my Vista SP2 also cannot boot under IDE mode. ( Testing done before proceed with installation )

Looks like enabling AHCI mode after installing Windows XP becomes an essential part in my case.

Thanks
 
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